Scholarships
CMU Expands Merit Scholarship Program

About 800 additional freshmen will receive academic merit scholarships to Central Michigan University next fall thanks to an increase of $6 million in institutional financial aid.​  Click here for details.
 
 
Special Talent Scholarships
 
  • Theatre and Interpretation
Our Special Talent Scholarship program is part of our ongoing effort to identify and attract talented performers, designers, theatre technicians, and dancers.  Student actors interested in competing for these scholarships are required to audition, while student designers and/or technicians will meet with our design and technical staff for a brief interview.  Complete details are included on the application forms, below.  Recipients receive an award of $500 in the initial semester, and upon meeting the renewal requirements, $500 in each subsequent semester to a maximum of $4000.  
 
Scholarship application links and information:
 
  • Debate and Forensics
These generous awards are offered to communication students who are active and successful participants in CMU's debate/forensics program. These scholarships, which are not based on need, are paid per year over four years. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and satisfy the forensics competition requirements outlined by the coaching staff. 

Scholarship application form links and information:

​First Nighter Scholarships
 
First Nighters, the CMU Theatre support group, have endowed a scholarship for TAI majors and minors.  The First Nighters Scholarship is awarded each spring for use in the following academic year.  The amount of the award changes, but has been between $1,000 and $2,000 for the past 3 years.  TID Faculty and Staff will choose recipients with regard to their demonstrated overall contribution to the theatre program at CMU. (Note: requires a minimum of 15 completed credit hours of TAI coursework with a grade of "B" or above, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5)
 
For information about additional requirements and an application form, please contact Steven Berglund, Director of University Theatre, Moore Hall 134, 989-774-3961, bergl1s@cmich.edu.  
 
 
Donor Scholarships
 
  • Lawrence E. Abbott Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Lawrence E. Abbott '55. The income from the endowment will support a renewable award for a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and majoring in speech. Eligible candidates must demonstrate financial need and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Denny L. Bettisworth Theatre and Interpretation Award
Established in 2005 by Denny and Linda Bettisworth and friends, this scholarship is a renewable scholarship for a junior or returning senior who has demonstrated outstanding promise in theatre directing, as determined by the Chair of the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Marie Donner and Fred R. Bush Scholarship
The Marie Donner and Fred R. Bush Scholarship Fund was established by Fred R. Bush, his family and friends. Professor Bush, former Director of the University Theatre, was a graduate of Central Michigan University and a member of the faculty for 33 years. Mrs. Bush was a faculty member in the Music Department. The earnings of the funds are to provide an annual scholarship for a student studying in the Fine Arts.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Eugene C. Chenoweth Debate Award
Established in 1980 by an estate gift of Eugene C. Chenoweth; income from which is to be used as an award for undergraduates who shall exhibit excellence in intercollegiate debate competition. The award is to be administered by the Director of Debate and Chairperson of the Communication Department.
 
For more information please contact Joe Packer, Director of Forensics and Debate at 989-774-4460 or email packe1j@cmich.edu.
 
  • Herbert L. and Lillian M. Curry Debate Award
Established in 1955 by Karen Heydenburg and Dennis Curry in memory of their parents, with preference for junior or senior COM majors with a 3.0 or better GPA and an emphasis in oratory/debate or speech education and participation in debate, oratory or other forensic activities.
 
For more information please contact Joe Packer, Director of Forensics and Debate at 989-774-4460 or email packe1j@cmich.edu.
 
  • John Genette and Andrea Dicky Genette Award
The John Genette and Andrea Dickey Genette Award is recognizes an entrepreneurial spirit in a student wishing to produce his/her own project with the intent to pursue theatre as a profession as a career actor, director or teacher.   The winner of this renewable scholarship award is selected by the Theatre, Interpretation and Dance area.  
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Jean Mayhew Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Language Arts
Professor Mayhew, member of the faculty from 1952 to 1981, established this scholarship to be awarded annually to a Language Arts major who is a Michigan resident. The recipient must be a junior or senior with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The CDA faculty chooses recipients each year.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • The Wilbur Moore prize
Established in 1989 in memory of Wilbur E. Moore, founder of what are now known as the Summer Remedial Clinics and the university's first vice president for academic affairs, for a junior who is enrolled as a major in one of the three departments: Communication and Dramatic Arts, Communication Disorders and Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Gilbert Rau Oratory Award
Established in 1982 for three students chosen as the best speaker in the annual Gilbert Ray Oratory Contest.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Gavin J. Smith and Mary C. Mertz-Smith Endowed Scholarship in Technical Theatre
The Gavin J. Smith and Mary C. Mertz-Smith Endowed Scholarship in Technical
Theatre is named in honor of Gavin Smith, a CMU theatre alum and his wife, and is awarded to a student in good academic standing with an interest in technical theatre.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • Irvine N. Smith Scholarship
Established in 1978 by Nancy Page Smith, family, and friends in memory of Irvine N. Smith, a member of the faculty for eight years and director of university theatre from 1974 through 1976, for a freshman, sophomore or junior student as an incentive award in acting and/or directing.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.
 
  • William E. Valle Design and Technical Theatre Award
Established in 2005 by William E. Valle and friends. Bill is a retired professor who taught scenery design, lighting design, and technical theatre at CMU for 35 years. Income from the renewable endowment will support an award for a student who participates and has an interest in the study of design or technical theatre, has demonstrated promise in the field of scenery design, lighting design or technical theatre and has a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts department at 989-774-3177.

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